Music. It’s made up of individual notes that may be lovely by themselves, but when you put the notes together, and combine them with rhythm and silence, it creates something entirely new. MusicĀ is all about making things match up. Notes join together and people join together to make harmony happen. There’s all kinds of research showing that making music in community produces enormous benefits in terms of health and social connections, and I’ve talked about this before, but you don’t need the science to know this. Music brings us together.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: A Good Match

Free the Music!

InstrumentsThis unusual arrangement decorates the wall at one of my favorite restaurants, Tin Pan Galley in Sackets Harbor, NY. It serves really interesting and delightful dishes, including an appetizer of white-bean hummus, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, balsamic reduction, and toasted pita points that makes me swoon (and is more than satisfying as a full meal). Mostly we eat outside, in the garden with the live music. Sometimes, though, we take a seat indoors, and that’s where I had to snap this photo. It’s an interesting artistic arrangement, but as a musician I feel a pang of sympathy for the instruments. What are they doing cooped up in that little frame? Music needs to be free!

Posted in response to the WordPress Photo Challenge: Frame